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Kbounce is a clone of the popular Jezzball game originally created by Microsoft. The game is very simple but it needs skill, timing and patience to finish it. You will win if you can fill at minimum 75% of the area with the bricks. You have to do it fast because you only have 90 seconds.


Installation

From Ubuntu Terminal screen (Applications > Accessories > Terminal), type:

taufanlubis@toshiba:~$ sudo apt-get install kbounce

Reading package lists… Done

Building dependency tree

Reading state information… Done

The following NEW packages will be installed:

kbounce

0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

Need to get 174kB of archives.

After unpacking 586kB of additional disk space will be used.

Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com gutsy/main kbounce 4:3.5.8-0ubuntu1 [174kB]

Fetched 174kB in 2s (65.6kB/s)

Selecting previously deselected package kbounce.

(Reading database … 157609 files and directories currently installed.)

Unpacking kbounce (from …/kbounce_4%3a3.5.8-0ubuntu1_i386.deb) …

Setting up kbounce (4:3.5.8-0ubuntu1) …

taufanlubis@toshiba:~$


How to play?

  • Open Applications > Games > Kbounce.

  • When you start the game, there are 2 balls that bounce off inside this square area.

  • All you have to do is click the cursor on any parts inside the square to create bricks partition (wall).

  • The bricks can be built horizontal and vertical. The default is horizontal.

  • To switch between Horizontal and Vertical use Right Mouse Button.

  • You have to count to the right time and position before you start to click the area because you only have one chance.

  • First time the ball hit your ‘growing wall‘, the wall will be disappear starting the hit part.

  • Second time the ball hit your ‘growing wall‘, you lose.


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Mirror magic II is a puzzle game. The idea of this game is how to connect the Source Light to the Destination Light. You have to move the mirror to direct the light to the destination. But, your light is blocked by a wall. You can not break the wall unless you have already hit all the magic lights.

The problem is the puzzle. You have to think how to break all the Magic Lights and direct the light to the destination once the wall is broken.

Installation

From Ubuntu Terminal screen (Applications > Accessories > Terminal), type:

taufanlubis@toshiba:~$ sudo apt-get install mirrormagic

Reading package lists… Done

Building dependency tree

Reading state information… Done

The following extra packages will be installed:

mirrormagic-data

The following NEW packages will be installed:

mirrormagic mirrormagic-data

0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

Need to get 451kB of archives.

After unpacking 1905kB of additional disk space will be used.

Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y

Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com gutsy/universe mirrormagic-data 2.0.2.0deb1-6 [349kB]

Get:2 http://archive.ubuntu.com gutsy/universe mirrormagic 2.0.2.0deb1-6 [102kB]

Fetched 451kB in 9s (49.6kB/s)

Preconfiguring packages …

Selecting previously deselected package mirrormagic-data.

(Reading database … 164183 files and directories currently installed.)

Unpacking mirrormagic-data (from …/mirrormagic-data_2.0.2.0deb1-6_all.deb) …

Selecting previously deselected package mirrormagic.

Unpacking mirrormagic (from …/mirrormagic_2.0.2.0deb1-6_i386.deb) …

Setting up mirrormagic-data (2.0.2.0deb1-6) …

Setting up mirrormagic (2.0.2.0deb1-6) …

taufanlubis@toshiba:~$


How to play?

From Ubuntu Terminal screen (Applications > Accessories > Terminal), type:

taufanlubis@toshiba:~$ mirrormagic

This is the main screen where you can change Name in the game to be your name, change the setup, see the game information or start it directly by click the Blue ball.

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I don’t know why the game title has ‘cube’ name meanwhile it’s group of fields. Perhaps because the dots form like a ‘Gambling Cube Dice’? I don’t know also because the biggest number is 5 not 6.

But who cares about name.

Just play it.


Rules of the game.

  • You are Red and your opponent is Blue.

  • The white field with one dot is the empty area.

  • Click a field to own the field. When you click a field, it will automatically change to Red.

  • You can click on the same field to increase the number (dots) inside the fields.

  • You only can click the fields that belong to you (Red fields) or the white one.

  • If a square has more dots than it has neighbors, the points jump to its neighbors and take them over.

  • Neighbor-Fields are only direct neighbors, not the diagonal neighbors.

  • The winner is the one who owns all squares.


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Sound Converter is a gnome sound conversion available for Linux. You can convert music files into another format (OOG, MP3 and Flac). The tool is very simple, just add the files, set the destination directory and convert the files.


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Skype 2 for Linux has a new feature, video cam. A lots of improvement compare to the previous version. If you have built in Chicony Web cam in your laptop (I use Toshiba A205 series) you can use it with Skype 2.

Note:
I assume that you have already a skype member.

Step 1. First you have to download it from http://www.skype.com/intl/en/download/skype/linux/beta/.

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Google Desktop is web based search data application. Although it’s still in beta version for Linux but I think it’s very useful for us to find any informations that stay in our computer.

Step 1. Download the package

Go to http://desktop.google.com/linux/ and click ‘Download Google Desktop‘ to download the program.The file size is 7.5MB.

  • Choose Debian/Ubuntu format.


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Picasa is an free pictures organizer from Google. Now it’s available for Linux. You can create Web Album, Email, Print, Blog, Collage (It’s cool), Export (resize & change the quality) to a new file.

Other things that you can do:

  • Find the pictures you forgot you had

  • Move and re-name pictures from inside Picasa

  • Add a star rating

  • Keep one pictures in multiple albums

  • Password protect collections

  • Amazing effects turn so-so pictures into works of art

  • Write captions that stay with the picture

  • Zoom. Pan. Tilt. Get the angle you intended

  • It has RGB histogram, a real-time graph that shows the intensity of colors in your pictures.

  • Create slide show.

  • Export pictures to popular photo processing website.

  • Burn to CD or DVD.

  • Give gift CDs with slide shows.

  • Create a network back backup of your pictures.

  • Turn your photo into a movie.

  • Make a personalized desktop picture or screen saver.

  • Create a poster.

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